Pine Marten

April 2019

My photographic efforts over the past month have produced a rather eclectic set of images. I started off by heading up to Wester Ross to see an American duck, a Blue-winged Teal that had taken up residence on a small lochan. As with many species that have come from the other side of the Atlantic it was much more confiding than European birds of a similar ilk. I arrived early hoping to get some pictures before the inevitable arrival of hoards of birders that the news of such a rarity attracts these days. I had an hour and a half parked up on the side of the lochan using my vehicle as a hide. The duck...

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Wildlife Camera Trapping

Wildlife Camera Trapping

  During the course of the last couple of years I have been updating and refining my remote camera photography technique. There are an increasing number of triggering systems on the market. It is now quite feasible to leave a camera set up for weeks on end for it to be triggered into life day or night by anything breaking the beam. For myself I have stuck with Cognysis, an American firm, making robust and reliable triggering systems. Their Range IR infrared triggering system has been augmented by the next generation the Sabre, a pocket sized trigger which uses a LIDAR (light radar) sensor...

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Late Season Wanderings

    Late season wanderings, over the past month or so my photography has had a rather scattergun approach. Following on the heels of the heavy thrush migration that came through the Highlands in October, 2016 has proved to be a ‘Waxwing year’. Flocks numbering hundreds of birds have arrived in the north and east of Scotland. Despite the waxings relatively confiding nature I find it frustratingly difficult to get decent pictures of the feeding birds. As is their way the birds descend on mass to gorge on berries for a very brief time before returning to the uppermost branches...

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Badger ‘selfies’

Badger 'selfies' - For nearly thirty years we have put out food in the garden each evening for the local Pine Martens. Originally feeding was done to lure them in order to get them in front of a camera but over time it has become as much of a routine as feeding the family pet. In the autumn a couple Badgers appeared and started cashing in on the offer of free peanuts. Unfortunately the badgers keep even more unsocial hours than the martens. Their appearance recorded on the trail camera (put out nightly) was any time between midnight and five am. Spending the wee small hours stretched out on a cold...

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